Artur Dias began his studies at the Soares dos Reis Artistic School, and graduated in Fashion Design at Modatex, Porto. Linked to the performative area from a young age, Artur developed an interest and esteem about everything that is performative and artistic in fashion, exploring its expressiveness and scenographic ambiance. After the presentation of three collections at Sangue Novo, ModaLisboa’s Young Designers Competition, Opiar currently integrates Workstation platform of the same Fashion Week, with his brand OPIAR.
OPIAR addresses clothing based on the philosophies of one-man labor and sustainable slow fashion. All the developed products are made with deadstock, scraps or recycled and upcycled materials. The process is entirely made by the designer, from the design, pattern cutting and the making of the piece. This whole process, in addition to a bigger proximity and work ethic, allows it to be unique and exclusive.
CLOSED WINDOWS ARE BLIND EYES is inspired by Blindness, the book by José Saramago, and reinterprets the inability to see as a place and not an invisible being. Like a quarantine where groups of blind people allied by selfishness and nonchalance are concentrated, mistaken in deepening their disbelief for the future. The idea of blindness is personified as a space where its stakeholders do not want to leave, losing contact with other realities and becoming diluted in a new blind society, which sees, but does not want to see and feels but does not want to feel. “[...] I think we are not blinded, I think we are blind, Blind who see, Blind who, seeing, do not see.”